Made In London – Sculpture Show

Francoise Dupre and I co-curated this exhibition.  All the sculptors who had shown work in the Gallery before were invited to bring along their latest creations to display.  The image on the poster and pv card was a silhouette of Nelson’s Column falling down – a symbol of old, traditional styles of sculptor being superseded by exciting new ones.

Instead of prompting a small debate on the development of the aesthetics of three dimensional art, we were taught a lesson in mass media madness as all interest focussed on Christina Berry’s punk cats.

Most people who saw these cartoon kitties, made of foam and leatherette and decorated with stylised punk bondage gear, found them amusing but, one person didn’t.  She seemed to think it was an incitement to animal cruelty and so got the local paper to run a critical article.  The tabloids ran the story as ‘Gallery gets GLC funding for cat torture exhibition’, some animal activists smashed one of our windows and we very nearly lost our grant funding. 

Miaow-ouch.

CATALOGUE

Artists in show:
Christina Berry, Sokari Douglas Camp, M Clack, Francoise Dupre, Rick Gibson, Maryanne Gordon, Keith King, Louise Severyn Kosinska, Mick Mcallister, Liz Merrell, Christine Moores, Sally Mould, Katja Terakopiantz, Paula Williams, John Quinn, Robin Whitmore

Brixton Artists Collective
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Africa
Christina Berry, Angela Williams & New Local Artists
Rob Evans, Jorge Walsh & Derek Stockley
Clay, Wood & Metal - Exhibition By Artists & Craftspeople
3rd Open Show + Glc Peace Posters By Peter Kennard
Work By Gay Men & Women
Kumiko Shimizu & Terry Dyer + The Art Of Immediacy + Polish Posters
Womens Work
Brixton Festival Photographs + Art & Crafts Market
1984 Show
Textiles - Making & Meaning
Tony Moo Young Paintings + Jamie Reid - Leaving The 20th Century
Multiples - Photography, Xerox & Edition-Based Media
Brixton Baroque
Fertile Eye - Womens Work 2
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Creation For Liberation - 2nd Open Exhibition By Black Artists
Made In London - Sculpture Show
Newcomers - Open Exhibition
Vive Le Resistance - Copyart Exhibition
Our Territory - Womens Work 3
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
No Comment - 2nd Lesbian & Gay Show
Rosemarie Mcgoldrick, Geraldine Walsh, Roxane Permar & Susan Egan
Seeing Diversity - 40 Contemporary Photographers
Janet Flynn, Sue Jane Taylor, Shanti Thomas & Tony Phillips
Open Exhibiton In Support Of The NUM + The Vauxhall Group
Roadworks Plus Kasia Januszko, Marc Elms & John Hewitt
Mirror Reflecting Darkly - Black Womens Art - Womens Work 4
Latin American Arts Exhibition
Two Photographers - Newton Brown & Anna Arnone + The Other Ireland
Series One - Group Exhibition
Love, Sex & Romance - Womens Work 5
Campaign Against Plastic Bullets
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
Monti Wa Marumo - South African Arts And Artists
Hi Tech & Ancient Mythology - Richard Ducker, Piyawan & Rosie Leventon
The Black Experience - 10 Black Photographers
Third World Within - Afroasian Artists In Britain - Curated By Rasheed Araeen
Last Requests - Film, Video & Tape/Slide Installation
Zamani Soweto Sisters - Textile Art
Against All The Odds - Lesbian & Gay Men Exhibition
Tangled Roots - Mirror Reflecting Darkly 2 - Black Womens Artists
Bigos - Anglo-Polish Artists Group
Caribbean Focus
Realising Power - Womens Work 7
Series Two - Group Exhibition
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show

If you'd like to add to the archive then please get in touch, especially if you exhibited at the Gallery or helped curate any of the exhibitions: info@brixton50.co.uk